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Potvin returning home for Sens hockey broadcasts

by Rob Brodie / Ottawa Senators
Hull native and former Ottawa 67's star Denis Potvin will handle analyst duties for 52 Senators telecasts this season on Rogers Sportsnet East and Sportsnet One (Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images).

Call it a homecoming of sorts for Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman Denis Potvin.

The Hull, Que., native and former Ottawa 67's star has been named the new analyst for Scotiabank Senators Hockey telecasts on Rogers Sportsnet East and Sportsnet One. Potvin fills the void created by the depature of Garry Galley, who is now working exclusively for CBC's Hockey Night in Canada.

"I am just thrilled to be back in the city of Ottawa and thankful for Sportsnet offering this opportunity," said Potvin, 56. "I'm really looking forward to working with (play-by-play announcer) Dean Brown, the Ottawa Senators and the Sportsnet family."

Potvin, the first overall pick by the New York Islanders in the 1973 NHL Entry Draft, is certainly no stranger to the broadcast booth. He served as a TV game analyst for the Florida Panthers from the team's expansion season (1993-94) through the 2008-09 campaign.

Most recently, Potvin worked as an analyst on the NHL Network's flagship show, On The Fly, and on XM Radio's NHL Home Ice morning show.

"We are very pleased to have Denis join Scotiabank Senators Hockey on Sportsnet and Sportsnet One," said Jim Steel, the Senators' vice-president of broadcast. "It was a terrific run with Garry Galley and we appreciate the great work he did for us. To be able to fill that void with a hall of famer, who grew up in the area and has the amount of broadcast experience Denis has, is extremely gratifying."

After a standout junior career with the 67's, Potvin won the Calder Trophy as the National Hockey League's rookie of the year in 1973-74. He captained the Islanders to four Stanley Cups, from 1980 to '83, and was later inducted into both the Hockey Hall of Fame and Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame in 1991. Television work has kept him close to the game for nearly two decades.

"Denis Potvin is an experienced, entertaining analyst," said Rob Corte, executive producer of live events for Sportsnet. "We are very excited to add an NHL hall of famer to our Senators broadcast team."

Potvin will make his Scotiabank Senators Hockey debut on Sept. 29, when Sportsnet televises the pre-season matchup against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Place. Sportsnet also airs the Sens' regular-season and home-opener on Oct. 8 against the Buffalo Sabres.

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